Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarships for Africans

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation generously provides the School of Africa Studies (SOAS) at the University of London with some masters and PhD scholarships per year. The scholarships are meant for African students undertaking a full‐time programme in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD) |Institution(s):  University of London
|Location:  UK |Field(s): Governance for Development in Africa
|Target: Africans |Deadline(s):  30 April, 2017

To be considered for funding under the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship, applicants must first secure an unconditional offer for studies by applying directly to the School of African Studies. Once the place is secured, the candidates can apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is open to only students from African countries. The participating institutions for this scholarship include the Centre of African Studies, School of Africa Studies (SOAS),  and University of London, UK.

Candidates are to choose their PhD or Masters programme from any of the following departments:

  • Development Studies
  • Law
  • Economics
  • International Relations/Politics
  • MA African Studies
  • CISD (Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)
  • DEFIMS (Department for Financial and Management Studies )
  • Distance Learning: CEFIMS(Centre for Financial and Management Studies), DEFIMS

There will be 1 PhD and 3 Masters awards will be granted this year. The sponsorship covers the entire duration of both programs – 3 years for PhD study, and 1 year for master’s degree study. The benefit of the scholarship for each award class is as follows:

PhD scholarships: The scholarship is on a part‐present form and it provides for fees for three years. However, accommodation and living cost are covered for the first year only. The scholarship will also cover in total 2 return flights: one during the first year, and one for the viva (plus one week’s accommodation around the viva). In year 2 and year 3, the successful candidate will also receive an annual stipend of £5,000. The Foundation also covers visa cost, provided receipts are submitted to the Centre of African Studies office. Students are expected to be on fieldwork during the second year, and to write the thesis in the third year in their country of origin.

Masters scholarships: The scholarship provides for fees, visa costs, one return flight, accommodation at SOAS’ students hall and £8000 living cost for the year.


To be eligible for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship, candidates must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub‐Saharan Africa.

Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application.

How to apply for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship

In order to be considered for funding for this scholarship program, applicants must first secure an unconditional offer for a PhD or MSc study by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School or the SOAS admissions office respectively.

Once a place is secured, application can be tendered for the scholarship. You apply by providing the following documents – complete application form, copy of unconditional offer of admission from SOAS, CV, statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues, and research proposal by email to

Kindly visit the scholarship announcement pages (Master’s and PhD) for further information on this scholarship opportunity.

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